play by (one's) own rules

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play by (one's) own rules

To adhere to or follow only the guidelines or conditions set by oneself, rather than those imposed by someone else. I hated the oppressive corporate environment, so I started my own firm so I could play by my own rules. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you work for me, so you can't just play by your own rules!
See also: by, own, play, rule
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He tended to play by his own rules. He was alleged to have kept a production unit waiting once because he found a Jimmy Edwards MY Take It From Here colleague came close to marrying a very uppercrust lady.
He tended to play by his own rules. He was alleged to have kept an entire production unit waiting once because he found a cafe he liked.
He's the self-proclaimed God's gift to brand-name 'democracy.' He's the CEO, a semi-benevolent bully who likes to play by his own rules.
He seems to play by his own rules, and in a world where most acts plan a year or two in advance this tour has come in at relatively short notice.
Thus, Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh, effective), a grizzled hardass who has spent months in the Esa'ala Caves trying to find an elusive underground pipeline to the ocean, is described in passing as "the most respected explorer of our time." His younger, slicker fellow caver, Carl (Ioan Gruffudd), at one point takes a reckless swan dive off a cliff, spurring someone to point out, "Carl likes to play by his own rules." And so he does, especially when a flash flood seals off the cave exit and traps the two men underground with Frank's neglected pretty-boy son, Josh (Rhys Wakefield); Carl's pretty, and pretty useless, g.f., Victoria (Alice Parkinson); and the unpromisingly named Crazy George (Dan Wyllie).
Mr Berlusconi is noted for his ability to play by his own rules. A similar storm had arisen in New Delhi when the Didarganj Yakshi, a Mauryan era statue had been brought to Delhi and sent off for various festivals of India abroad during the Rajiv Gandhi era.